The original idea was born when a team from Wakehurst visited Christmas at Kew. Hanging in a tree, tucked in a quiet corner, was a display of paper lanterns. They thought it was a lovely subtle idea that would translate well in our beautiful and peaceful country landscape.
The lanterns are all homemade, and are made from willow and paper. Many of them are produced by local schools - a project which is co-ordinated with Brighton based community arts charity Same Sky.
Volunteers and staff also help make the lanterns - the work started back in the summer. It was a weird feeling making them when the sun was shining and difficult to imagine hanging them up on cold winter's evenings!
Our overriding theme is connecting to nature. Our installations are inspired by different aspects such as animals, stars, plants and seeds.
The whole trail is one installation that flows through the grounds and dotted along it are individual installations created by different artists. Jony Easterby created last year's projection onto the mansion which was a real highlight and he's preparing a new one for this year.
And Now, an arts company which has worked with Glow Wild from the start, orchestrate the fire installations along the way. Last year they lit one of the streams that flows through Wakehurst, which was an incredible sight. This year we're also working with two other artists Martin Brokman and Dominic Parrette.
It's a huge job and takes many hands to switch the hundreds of battery powered lanterns on.
Almost all of the staff come out to lend a hand - even the Director. It's a very cold job and involves staff on ladders and moving platforms to fix the lanterns up high in the trees.
It's taken a tremendous amount of behind the scenes planning and logisitcs. Glow Wild has grown massively - from selling just over 4,000 tickets in the first year, to having the capacity for over 57,000 visitors throughout the 16-night event this year.
We've only cancelled one night in the past four years, and we're all keeping our fingers and toes crossed this doesn't happen again.
We'll be going ahead with Glow Wild unless it's unsafe for visitors to be onsite. If the event is cancelled, we'll let people know by email and also share the news on our website and social media channels.
It's a massive amount of fun! There's a huge amount of work shared by many different people - Wakehurst staff, volunteers and event staff employed especially for Glow Wild.
But there's a great feeling of camaraderie and we all pull together in the freezing temperatures doing whatever is needed. A huge vat of hot soup and a bottomless box of chocolates keeps everyone smiling.